We’re delighted you have chosen to study with us at University of Worcester and we look forward to welcoming you. In this post, we’ll give some information on what to expect over Welcome Weekend! Please remember, you can contact us at firstpoint if you have any questions or anything you’re not quite sure about.
The first thing that you need to do as a student is register. This lets us know that you have officially joined us. Most students will have registered before they arrive, but if you haven’t done it yet, it should be the first thing on your to-do list.
The first step to becoming a student at the University is to log on to the Student Portal: http://www.worcester.ac.uk/register
When you have logged onto the Student Portal, select the option to take you to the ‘Student Online Environment’ (SOLE) and then click the ‘Register Now’ link.
If you have any difficulties with registering, then you can call Registry Services on 01905 855333 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Certificate of Registration
Once you have completed the online registration process you will be able to print your ‘Certificate of Registration’, which you will need to collect your Student ID card. If you did not print this when you completed registration, you can access the document again by logging into SOLE and going to the ‘Personal Details’ tab where you’ll find a link to “Reprint Certificate of Registration”. We are also happy to see an electronic version of the certificate on your mobile or tablet.
To help registration run smoothly, we allocate students with a time to register on Saturday 14th September. You will have been sent this information by the Admissions Team. You are welcome to arrive on campus earlier if you want to, but please don’t try to register before your allocated time.
If you are unable to join us during the allocated slot, then we are open on Sunday 15 September between 12pm and 2pm. If you would like to take up this option, there’s no need to let us know in advance – just arrive on Sunday.
If you’re unable to attend on Saturday or Sunday, don’t worry. You’ll have other opportunities to collect your ID card from firstpoint once you arrive.
If you have any further questions about timings, do call our dedicated Arrivals hotline on 01905 855007.
Collecting your Student ID card
At your scheduled time, come to firstpoint on the ground floor of the Peirson Study and Guidance Centre, on the St John’s Campus (WR2 6AJ). Bring your Certificate of Registration (see above), some original photo ID – such as your passport or photocard driving licence – and your original DBS disclosure certificate, if you need one for your course. You will then be issued with your Student ID card. If you have not been able to upload a photograph in advance, we will take a photo on the day.
Your Student ID card is proof that you are a student with University of Worcester, as well as being your HIVE library card and used for printing and photocopying on campus. If you are living in halls, you may use your ID card to gain access to your building. You can find more information about ID cards, including what to do if you lose yours, on the firstpoint website.
Module selections during Welcome Weekend
Some courses will require you to confirm or choose modules when you register. If you have that option, you’ll see it on your SOLE page.
If you would like further advice or help in selecting your modules, you can attend a module selection drop-in session in the Peirson Study and Guidance Centre during Welcome Weekend. There will also be an opportunely to select and change modules during the first three weeks of the semester. Further details of this will be available soon.
Collecting accommodation keys
If you are living in University of Worcester accommodation or managed housing, you will be able to collect your keys. If you are not able to attend Welcome Weekend, your keys will be held at firstpoint during their opening hours (Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 5.30pm) and at main reception on the St John’s Campus outside of these times.
You can find more information about support with your accommodation on the firstpoint website. And look out for our blog in a couple of weeks on accommodation FAQs.
What else is on?
There are plenty of social activities throughout Welcome Weekend, so make sure you have a look at the SU’s webpage: plus you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
And make sure you’re signed up to the official Welcome Week 2019 group on Facebook.
What is SOLE?
SOLE stands for Student Online Environment. Your SOLE page is your online portal to life at Worcester. Here you can manage your university timetable and assessment information. Academic and support staff are able to input and retrieve module grades and student information online. You can also select module and view reading lists here. You can find more information about SOLE on the firstpoint website.
Download our app
Remember to download the University of Worcester Guidebook App on the App Store or Google Play. This will tell you about events and activities taking place over the Welcome Weekend and your first week.
The app will provide you with campus maps and local information such as shops, banks and travel. You’ll also find answers to questions often asked by first year students and who to contact for help and advice.